Convicted on November 17, a terrorist leader obtains a 3-day release from prison; The mayor of Athens outraged

Alexandros Giotopoulos, leader of the former terror group sentenced to 78 years, returned to Korydallos prison after a 3-day furlough, his first in 20 years. Kathimerini newspaper

According to the outlet, Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, whose father, Pavlos Bakoyannis, was shot dead by the terrorist group in 1989, was outraged by the news of the 3-day furlough.

“Did the leader of November 17 benefit from a three-day leave? Secretly? I mean, at least quietly? What about the anniversary of Thanos Axarlian’s murder? Is it true? Open and clear explanations are needed,” he tweeted.

According to Kathimerini, Axarlian was a 20-year-old student killed in a botched assassination attempt on November 17, 14, 1992, against then-economics minister Yiannis Paleokrassas.

In September this year, it will be 33 years since Pavlos Bakogiannis, the Greek politician and magazine publisher, was shot and murdered outside his office building in Athens by the terrorist organization led by Giotopoulos on November 17.

Bakogiannis was born in 1935 in a small village of Evritania, in central Greece. His father was the village priest. He studied in Athens and Munich and worked for Deutsche Welle as a presenter of their Greek language radio program.

Bakogiannis returned to Athens in 1974, accepting a position with the Greek radio and television station ERT. That same year, he married Theodora (Dora) Mitsotakis, the daughter of politician Konstantinos Mitsotakis.

In 1982, he became the editor of ENA magazine. A few months before his death in June 1989, Bakogiannis entered politics as an elected deputy representing Evritania.

Dimitris Koufodinas, Iraklis Kostaris and Alexandros Giotopoulos were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Bakogiannis by an Athens court in December 2003.

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